MTI’s Crux Mountain Award is given to athletes to help them pursue a unique, specific, and ambitious mountain objective.


$200-$2000, depending on budget, trip details, and team size. Up to $10,000 is given out in Crux Mountain Awards annually.  The award is given to athletes pursuing objectives in the following categories:

  • Freeski/ride Mountaineering (combining technically challenging ski lines with technical mountaineering)
  • Whitewater Kayaking
  • Backcountry Hunting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ice/Mixed Climbing
  • Alpine Climbing
  • Backcountry Snowmobiling
  • Mountain Running
  • Mountain Biking
  • Multi-Modal- combination of 2-3 of the above
  • Wild Card (for ideas that fall outside of these categories)


We select award winners based on :

Ambition of the trip plan. This is scaled to the individual or team, so you don’t have to be a pro athlete, or do something that has never been done before, but the objective should be at the edge of your individual physical and technical ability. You should be an accomplished recreational athlete–this shouldn’t be your first foray into outdoors. You’ll need to include an outdoor resume so we know this expedition is setting the bar high for yourself.

Specificity of the objective. A requirement of award winners is to follow a custom training plan for your goal, documenting your progress along the way, and providing feedback after the trip. In order to build a successful training plan, objective details are necessary (length of trip, estimated elevation gain/loss, hours of activity, load carried-if any, etc.)

Originality. If you’re looking to run a 50 miler, we’re more interested in you designing and completing your own course than we are in funding your entrance to an organized race. We’re not necessarily looking for first accents. Multi-modal (combining mountain running with climbing, for example), human-powered, or self-supported efforts are more interesting to us as they require more thoughtful training, discipline, and are likely more ambitious.


Winners of the Crux Mountain Awards will get a cash award, as well as a customized fitness training plan for their objective. In return, we require:

Documentation of training– videos, photos, and feedback shared with our coaches and on social media throughout. Minimum of 8 submissions approved by MTI.

Performance research participation- we’re interested in learning from your adventure, so we’ll partner with you to figure out what research opportunities your project presents. Physiological, psychological, nutrition/dietary, gear and equipment are all areas we’re interested in.

Documentation of Trip/Mission/Event– Original, exclusive videos, photos, and editorial for our publication of and MTI social media to include a final trip after action/lessons learned report.  Minimum of 4 submissions approved by MTI.

Acknowledgement of MTI as a Trip Sponsor on Social Media, Athlete/Team Websites, etc. 


Fitness Training – Awardees will receive fitness and other programming within 4 weeks of award announcement, and a event-specific training plan to complete directly before their trip/event attempt.

Cash Award – Awardees will receive 50% of their cash award immediately upon award announcement and the remaining 50% after event completion or determined attempt.


The Crux Mountain Awards will be awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year, though for training purposes, there are seasonal deadlines:
Summer/Fall expeditions need to be submitted no later than February 1st
Winter/Spring expeditions need to be submitted no later than October 1st


Fill out application form here
Email with any questions.



Ryan Burke, Teton Traverse
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